Plan of Study and Course Requirements for Non-Thesis Master's

A Plan of Study (POS) is required by the Graduate School for all graduate students. The POS functions to ensure a student has met all of their degree requirements prior to graduation. We recommend you file your POS in your second semester, but it must be submitted and fully approved before you begin the semester you intend to graduate (e.g. if you intend to graduate in my, you should submit it at the beginning of the prior December). A summary of POS information can be found below, but for step-by-step instructions on completing the POS, please see appendix B of the handbook.  

Verify all admission conditions are satisfied

Review your admission letter for details.

Minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework

  • A grade of C or better on every course listed in the plan of study and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better on all courses listed in the plan of study

  • At least 21 credit hours of IE courses

  • At least 9 credit hours of additional graduate-level coursework from either industrial engineering or a related area. Pre-approved related areas include:

    • other engineering disciplines

    • mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, biology

    • psychology, sociology

    • economics, management

  • Pre-approval is required for non-IE 1-credit courses and courses from areas not in the pre-approved list

    • All courses must be  500 or 600 level graduate courses with the exception of up to one 400-level course from pre-approved areas

    • Please obtain a syllabus from the course and send it to the grad office to request approval.

Courses NOT allowed on the Plan of Study

  • Professional Master’s (PMP) Industry Capstone Project courses; or

  • P/NP or S grade courses

  • Audited courses; or

  • Zero credit courses; or

  • STAT 50100, 50200, 50300, 51100, 51300 ; or

  • Polytechnic courses (AVTH, CNIT, CGT, BCM, ECET, ENGT, MET, TLI, TECH, etc.)*; or

  • Courses irrelevant to the degree

The Advisory Committee 

  • Consists of the Assistant Department Head (Dr. Patrick Brunese) and the chair of the graduate committee (Dr. Susan Hunter). They will need to be added as co-chairs on the advisory committee. 

NOTE: Changes to a Plan of Study can be filed as many as times as necessary to update course information.


While Polytechnic courses are not traditionally allowed on a plan of study, see appendix B section 11 of the handbook for information on waiving that policy.